Thursday, August 16, 2007

Does the U.S. Government Need to Subsidize Driving to Work?

A piece in today's New York Times exposed the government's self-defeating policy contradiction of allowing those who drive to work a tax deduction for parking while at the same time spending millions of dollars to fight traffic congestion. Shockingly, the tax code allows a larger deduction for those who drive than for those who take the train. Hopefully the article will mobilize members of the Green community to complain to their elected officials. The Times estimates that 200,000 drivers in the NY metro area (where parking is especially expensive) take advantage of the parking deduction.

New York Times: Mixed Signals: Driving to Work as a Tax Break

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